• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Child Care Task Force to apply for grant

Members of a Child Care Task Force appointed by the Midway City Council asked council members Monday to support their bid for a $6,000 grant from the Woodford County Community Fund.

“We started about a year ago with the task force to try to bring some quality child care back to Midway and one of the things that we would like to ask (for) is the city’s sponsorship as a fiscal partner for a grant…” said Mary Beth Rouse.

Rouse said a fiscal sponsor is needed because the task force does not have tax exempt status. Helen Rentch, a member of the community fund group, suggested the council pledge $500 to the task force – contingent on the grant being successful. The money would be used to hire a consultant and do a market study to show there is a need for a child care center in Midway. The council’s support would also add points to the grant application, Rentch said.

“We have done a Google survey, but we’ve had fairly limited response to that, but the response that we have had has been very strong – that folks would like to see quality child care, affordable child care, back in the Midway area again,” Rouse said.

Council Member Johnny Wilson asked if the task force had decided on a location for a child care center. Rouse said that was one of the things the consultant and study would provide. Council Member John McDaniel said the council could provide the money after the next fiscal year begins July 1. A motion to that effect passed unanimously.

Later in the meeting, Council Member Sara Hicks told the council that the citizen-led Parks Board would also apply for a grant from the community fund for a railroad stage car at Walter Bradley Jr. Park. McDaniel wondered whether that application would compete with the child care proposal and said he favored the child care grant. Hicks suggested that as many Midway residents as possible show up at Midway University the evening of the vote, which is expected to be Nov. 14. A total of $25,000 is available.

Sewer update

Mayor Grayson Vandegrift updated the council on the city’s sewer fund, noting that the interest expense line item on the old sewer plant was budgeted at $63,000 – but none of that will be spent because the debt was paid off early. The council had also budgeted $88,000 for a rainy day/depreciation fund for the loan from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.

“… It’s now $88,000 that can go to the sewer fund as well,” Vandegrift said. He said the council should be able to lower sewer rates by 25 percent in December. He’ll meet with HMB Engineers Monday to discuss the possibility of a complete replacement of the Brand Street sewer line.

Storm sewer update

Vandegrift said rain prevented work from beginning earlier in the day on updates to portions of the city’s storm sewer system. The project will begin on Stephens and Gratz streets and end on Gayland Drive, he said. Video cameras will be used to examine the system, which he said has never been mapped. Council Member Bruce Southworth said upgrades and repairs to the sewer plant could keep it working for another 20 years.

Appointments

The council unanimously supported Vandegrift’s nomination of Joe Campbell to assistant fire chief and Allen Vann to captain. Campbell will take the place of Vincent Price, who is retiring after 43 years of service. Vann takes Campbell’s place. Vandegrift noted that Campbell is now a qualified instructor.

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